"Alligator Sky" as written by and Adam R. Young....
Where was I when the rockets came to life,
And carried you away into the alligator sky?
Even though I’ll never know what’s up ahead,
I’m never letting go, I’m never letting go

Uh uh, that’s not a plane, that’s me,
I’m sittin’ where I’m supposed to,
Floatin’ on the cloud, can’t nobody come close to,
The concrete and the sky switch places,
So now my ceiling is painted with cosmic spaces,
Firecracker to the moon, keep your eyes shut,
Blastin’ off like a rocket from the ground up,
I used to catch a cab on the Monday,
Now the taxi’s sellin’ lights on the runway,
Fly, condo on the Milky Way,
A house on the cloud and God’s my landlord,
And for my rent all I pay is my drive,
I got that
So if you need me you can find me in the alligator sky.

Where was I when the rockets came to life,
And carried you away into the alligator sky?
(Into the alligator sky)
Even though I’ll never know what’s up ahead,
I’m never letting go, I’m never letting go!

Roller coaster through the atmosphere,
I’m drowning in this starry serenade,
Where ecstasy becomes cavalier,
My imagination’s taking me away.

Reverie, whisper in my ear,
I’m scared to death that I’ll never be afraid,
Roller coaster through the atmosphere,
My imagination’s taking me away.

Uh, now I’ma dance like I never dance,
Sing like I never sing, dream like I never dream,
Or try to, ’cause we’ve been lied to,
That the sun is somethin’ that we can’t fly to,
Well, I sit on my star and see street lights,
Look up, ha, you’ll miss me if you blink twice,
Imagination is hot and if you got it you can meet me,
When you see me in the alligator sky.

Where was I when the rockets came to life,
And carried you away into the alligator sky?
(Into the alligator sky)
Even though I’ll never know what’s up ahead,
I’m never letting go, I’m never letting go!

Where was I when the rockets came to life,
And carried you away into the alligator sky?
Even though I’ll never know what’s up ahead,
I’m never letting go, I’m never letting go!

In the alligator sky?
In the alligator sky?
In the alligator sky?
In the alligator sky?


Lyrics submitted by whcodered, edited by LoseYourself

"Alligator Sky" as written by Adam R. Young

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  • +4
    General CommentThroughout the song he's talking about going as far as you can, and being all you can be.

    "Sing like I never sing, dream like I never dreamed
    Or try to, 'cause we've been lied to
    That the sun is somethin' that we can't fly to"

    This brings in the well known saying, "skys the limit"
    I believe he is merely stating, don't set a limit that low. The sky is where we want to all be. Living among each other in a Nirvana state of mind, and being all that we can be, happily.

    Alligators are often something people fear, so maybe when he mentions a "Alligator Sky" he is saying that sometimes are goals will be frightening, and hard to beat. But we need to keep going, and we can all meet in the Alligator Sky, where we all have reached our greatest potential at the end of our lives.
    AKA, heaven.
    Wesleylikesyourfaceon March 28, 2011   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationThis song is basically saying the sky's the limit. That's a cliche saying but I think Adam and Shawn took it a step further. The song is telling us to reach for the stars and let our imagination grow. It's another perfect example of Adam Young's dreamy and optimistic lyrics.
    AlligatorSkyon March 20, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song really says Owl City more than any other. I agree with AlligatorSky (are you new here?) completely, and I can't wait until the album comes out! ADAM YOU ARE MY IDOL!
    oceanheart13on March 22, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAlligator's have wide open mouths, and the sky is wide open. :O

    So yes, I agree with everything AlligatorSky said.
    SourBlueon March 23, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about overcoming intimidating circumstances. Alligators are predators, so he's talking about not only overcoming adversity, but blasting directly into it like a rocket and fulfilling your true potential...kind of like a rocket soaring into an Alligator Sky. I think the "you" in the chorus MIGHT refer to Jesus (i.e. Where was I when they crucified you?), since Adam IS a Christian, but that's just me.
    invisiboy42293on March 25, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think this song is about acheiving your dreams(so yes,i do agree with AlligatorSky),watching your friends acheive their dreams,and never giving up."Where was i when the rockets came to life"can mean that he wasnt there to see his friend acheive thier dreams.The "rockets"are the takeoff of the dream.Further in the song,the "firecracker"can be the little spark to start the dream.Almost all dreams start with the tiniest spark of imagination."Firecracker to the moon"isa perfect example.A small spark of imagination helps a dream grow.The skys limit!The "alligatoer sky"can,yes,can be the skys limit,its very vast and yours to explore.the parts that say"remember to"breath,dream,and live,mean that you must do these in order to see where your dreams are going,in a good way.Again,his imagination is used a lot to "take him away".

    These lyrics posted are most likly not the real ones.i just usedyoutube to hear it.i think adam is a very talanted artist,and has inspired me to write music as well.All in all,this song is truly about accomplishing your dreams,and helpin your friend accomplish theirs. :)
    musicmindedon April 10, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSO much better than the rap version...

    [ Insert bad joke that criticizes rap here ]
    megabyteon April 21, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the song is about Jesus. Think about it, "Where was i when the rockets came to life.." the resurrection, "and carried you away into the alligator sky.." Jesus ascended to Heaven. Plus all that about God being his landlord. And won't you be dancing and singing when Jesus comes back? I will be!
    CheeseAloneon June 01, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI was in Sears today, and this came on the music video screen. It was magical, and I stood there watching it until it ended. I don't think I blinked or moved during the duration of it.
    oceanheart13on August 27, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about shooting for the stars and making the most out of your life, because you never know when it's going to be over. The first stanza really shows this because when it says "Where was I when the rockets came to life. And carried you away into the alligator sky?" that means that the narrator's friend, lover, family member (whoever) died and the narrator didn't realize life until that happened. This song is really about not taking life for granted, because you never know when it is going to end. It's also about shooting for the stars and making the most out of your life. "Well, I sit on my star and see street lights. Look up, ha, you'll miss me if you blink twice" was a line that really meant something to me because it means that it's you don't enjoy the present, great opportunities will leave your grasp and you'll regret it.

    This is really a beautiful song!
    axtreampeepon March 26, 2012   Link

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